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Software and Digital Placement Scheme 2021

Birmingham, Bristol
  1. Clean power, Nuclear, Security, aerospace & defence, Transportation

Transform the intelligence of business

Start out as a vital member of a well-respected team that has a solid reputation in the engineering industry. On our Placement Scheme, you'll be trusted to own your projects and supported to develop in areas that excite you.

We also want you to maintain a healthy work-life balance. So, during our recruitment process, tell us what matters to you. Find out how we support wellbeing in and out of the office – including different ways to be flexible around work. Let's also talk about Diversity & Inclusion, including our recent pledges for Women's Equality, how we're Disability Confident and an Inclusive Employer.

With Atkins, you'll be in great company.

Your role

As a Software & Digital Engineering placement student, you'll play an important role, supporting the delivery of software on a variety of exciting projects in the UK and abroad. Get involved in projects across Airports, Nuclear & Power, Aerospace, Defence, Energy, Environment & Geoscience, Transportation and Water. You could be involved with developing facial recognition, verifying nuclear power plants' safety shutdown systems, and supporting teams with digital transformation.

Where could you work

Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T)
Industrial year locations: Birmingham, Bristol (London  - closed for applications)
Degree requirements: On track for a minimum of a 2.2 Bachelor’s degree in any IT or Computing Science, Business Management & Analysis, Science, Security, or Engineering discipline.

The Digital Advantage practice help our clients solve business problems through digital technology. We provide complete problem lifecycle management from intervention through to problem resolution to our clients across Energy, Transport, Utilities, Defence and HM Government.

You’ll be working alongside our senior consultants or architects who are recognised as trusted advisors in supporting clients on their digital maturity journey. You’ll be involved in supporting key initiatives either within our practice development or working with our clients to aid them in the delivery of their digital transformation projects. We’ll support your development and provide opportunity to work within our sub-teams aligned with your area of study and interests.

Find out more about our ADS&T teams.

Nuclear and Power:
Summer placement locations: (Warrington, Whitehaven - closed for applications)
Industrial year locations: (Warrington, Whitehaven - closed for applications)

Degree requirements: On track to achieve a minimum of a 2.2 Master’s/MEng degree in Maths, Computer Science, Physics, IT, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Geography, GIS, Geospatial, App Development, Information Technology & Communications, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Control & Systems Engineering, or equivalent.

As a Software & Digital Engineering placement student you’ll support the development of and deliver innovative digital solutions across the full project lifecycle in line with our four digital pillars: reality capture, design, site delivery and asset management. Our teams work closely with our clients to offer and develop these solutions across many challenging projects with these solutions ranging from mechatronics and robotics to coding and software development, as well as generating visualisations with immersive media support such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Our teams work closely with our clients to offer and develop digital and technology solutions across many challenging projects. These solutions could require mechatronics and robotics, coding, software development, visualisations and immersive media support such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Our locations include most major disciplines and with them, as a placement student, you will be involved in developing innovative and practical solutions for our clients across the UK and further afield. You’ll work with our project and technical leads as well as our clients to capture their requirements as well as working with colleagues across the Atkins group to develop proposals for new work.

You’ll support the development of and deliver innovative digital solutions across the full project lifecycle in line with our four digital pillars: reality capture, design, site delivery and asset management. Seeing you work with business leaders as well as lead teams in the delivery of tasks as required ensuring they are delivered to time and quality.

Your team will help you continuously improve and develop your skills, learn new things and keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

Industrial year locations: (Birmingham - closed for applications) (Epsom - closed for applications) (Warrington - closed for applications)
Degree requirements: On track to achieve a minimum of a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or ICT

The worlds of design, construction, operations and maintenance are evolving rapidly and technology and its implementation is a fundamental element to our future success. We’re increasingly adopting integrated agile design techniques that rely on the seamless exchange of information and data exchange across a wide range of production and delivery platforms. Common Data Environments that allow data to be at the heart of what we do are increasingly common.

As an ever-growing business we’re seeking to develop talented and passionate Information Managers to join our Engineering team. As part of this placement, you’ll be given an opportunity to gain experience in managing how our digital content is produced, stored, shared and exploited using the latest technologies and practices. You’ll be part of a team responsible for challenging our typical conventions both internally and with our clients with the aim of delivering our projects much more effectively. You’ll gain experience in digital engineering and the wide range of tools and technologies being used in the industry, helping to shape our own vision on how we might all work more effectively.

What you can bring

· An understanding of the consultancy environment
· Enthusiasm to drive your own career development, as well as motivation for self-directed learning
· Drive and determination to achieve professional accreditation
· An interest and ability to adapt to the changing world, new technology and being open to flexible and agile ways of working
· Be curious in your thinking and apply your technical knowledge to analyse problems and create innovative solutions
· A desire to develop relationship building skills with clients and internal stakeholders
· Confidence to work on your own initiative as well as being part of a multidisciplinary team

Meeting your needs

We've created a rewards package to fit around your study, career and personal needs. Enjoy benefits such as flexible holidays, tailored career development and a strong support network. Each year, our top performing placement students (who’ve done at least 8 weeks on placement with us) have the opportunity to be nominated onto our Graduate Development Programme.

How do I apply?

Please click "Apply Now" below to register your details and start your application journey. To find out more and for advice on how to play to your strengths, visit us on Connectr.

We want you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on

Our deadline for applications is Friday 9th April 2021. Remember, our programmes are incredibly popular, and some roles may close early. So, avoid disappointment by getting your application in as soon as possible.

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years' design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll join a team of people who ask questions, who dare to see things differently and want to build a better world.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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